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      04-24-2012, 09:48 AM   #23
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hankook ventus evo v12?
Just got them on last Thursday.
I'm running stock suspension with the addition of an M3 front sway bar.
Thank you previous owner! It rocks!

I'm a working stiff. I work in an office. I go to work at 7am and am home by 7pm.
I do not drift
I do not track
I do not autocross
I do not tinker or mod

I represent the 90% of owners out there who use the car to get to and from home to; work, grocery store, gym, bar, night club, booty call, drop zone and rock gym. Yes I do drive fast to and from some of these places and yes some of these are near twisted mountain roads.

I am a mechanical engineer and a former member of SAE and thus understand RVD.

And I HATE RTF tires!
And before you talk performance stand back and take deep breath.
Are they really safer than normal ties? Does Volvo the worlds "safest" automaker utilize run flats? I think not!

So that aside, the other day I was in NYC, AKA hell for cars running RTF tires! One simple stop from 30mph across some steel covers and tunk tunk and wow will you look at that...two bubbles in the side wall.

And it was time for two new front tires.
Off the cuff I've had about 300 miles on these tires thus far.
And here is what I think and I'll keep it simple.
OMG it's the difference between running around with Nike 180 Airs Vs. running around in business shoes. For those who don't know it business shoes are not known for their comfort nor their traction. Think skiddish and chattery and you get how RTF's were on this car. Any little bump or imperfection and the OEM run flats were off doing what they do...which is nothing!

I know it's kind of hard to understand but your side wall in an integral part of your cars suspension. And those RTF tires were just not doing their job absorbing any of those little imperfections in the road. If anything they were overwhelming the suspension....again I DO NOT TRACK THIS CAR! I don't care about 00.05seconds loss in a corner!

Would I recommend these tires? In 300 miles, sun, rain 75F to 45F, 35mph to 100mph...so far they are very good! I would suggest them.
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      04-24-2012, 10:21 AM   #24
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I agree somewhat with i128.
I had the runcraps, and got the V12s, I found the traction to be better in all conditions BUT the steering feel which is already lacking in the 1series IMO just got MUCH worse.
Running 36-38psi front-back.
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      04-24-2012, 10:23 AM   #25
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btw, for those wondering about weather in Quebec, its about 45 right now but was steady in the 60-70s a few weeks ago.
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      04-24-2012, 11:19 AM   #26
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you know a very slick way of breaking in tires is to run them at a lower PSI for the first 300 miles and then bumping them up to the right PSI.
I ran mine at 30psi for about 300 miles and now up up to 36 and it's all sexy sticky
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      05-02-2012, 08:55 AM   #27
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Almost 300 miles, 2 tanks of gas, hot 80f, cold 40f, rain but no snow THANK GOD!
Very quiet very nice ride.
It's like the car is now rocking comfy sneakers and going for a nice long run!
For the price you can't go wrong.
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      05-02-2012, 09:05 AM   #28
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I love my V12's. One day when I make enough money, I will buy the PSS's. I'm SURE these are way better, but honestly the Hankook's kicks ass for what they are.

Hankooks, Conti's and PSS's seem to be the tires of choice around here.

On my RX-8, I rode Falken FK452s. $10 more a tire I think, but they don't last as long. Stiffer walls however.
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      05-03-2012, 02:03 PM   #29
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If you think V12s are a big improvement over run craps, wait till you upgrade from those to PSSs.
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      05-03-2012, 03:46 PM   #30
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I think super freaking balls are better than RFT's
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      05-04-2012, 06:38 PM   #31
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I've V12 too and running in 225/40/18 front and 255/35/18 rear (36 front and 40 psi rear).

The tire is very gripy in dry and wet condition ! I'm very happy with them ... Buuuuut ... I feel them a bit uncomfortable (vibrations from 80 to 95 and before or after nothing, very smooth and comfortable ). That the only drawback for me !

I drove a bit hard this week with them, hardly cornering on dry road and they had a perfect grip (I think equal or better than my previous Pirelli PZero in RF).
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      05-05-2012, 04:06 AM   #32
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I break traction on 3rd with 225/255.....

I drive with all nannies off with these tires cause 1-3rd gear is useless with them on.

Don't get these if you have a modded n54/55.....

Like one poster said, these are good for getting your groceries.

Also good if you like sweeping your tail over to scare the guy next to you.

Will get Star Spec or PSS when these dies
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      05-09-2012, 06:44 PM   #33
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This is classic getting what you pay for. These Hankooks are great "bang for the buck", but they aren't the best tire you can get. But what do you expect for the price? The other tires that are better are also notably more expensive.
Agreed. I think the Hankooks are great for the normal consumer. However, for us enthusiasts, PSS's are the way to go if you're willing to fork out 1k+ for tires.
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      05-11-2012, 05:27 AM   #34
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Had the v12 and just changed to the PSS. Wow, did not disappoint. All the rave reviews were spot on. PSS is miles better than the V12 in all aspects.

I found that with the V12 once worn down a little (still well within legal limit) the grip was non existent. Was forever spinning the tires if applying moderate gas from a standstill. Driving in rain was of concern.
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Bored @ work today...

time to revive an old thread! LOL

I got a set of PSS last summer, and I must say... DAY & Night! Its snowing and cold right now in Montreal Canada, so i have my winters on as we speak...

these tires are exactly what everyone was raving about; Amazing! Pilot Super Sports in every way possible are on my recommendation list. A little on pricey side, but well worth it!
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      01-20-2013, 08:52 AM   #36
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My Hankook V12's rears only lasted me 5 months lol. Fronts are still good. Damn JB4!!
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